Monday, October 20, 2014

Speaker Event tonight Monday October 20th

RIT Office of Graduate Studies Presents
Graduate Student Success Workshop Series Special Speaker and Panel Night
October 20th 2014
Reading Room, Second Floor of The Campus Center
Special Speaker at 4 p.m.
Chip Sheffield
“The Virtues of Critical Thought and Its Importance for Graduate Education”
Critical thinking is often characterized by certain core abilities (evaluation, identification, synthesis, recognition and critique, as well as effective communication).  It has also been described in terms of certain underlying attitudes (introspection and self-reflection, continuous questioning, and a commitment to core intellectual virtues such as civility, humility, empathy, integrity, and courage).  Critical thinking demands accountability and curiosity.  It requires that one take responsibility for one’s beliefs and values, and engage actively in the world.  While intellectual rigor, logical argumentation, and rational judgment are vital, they must not occur in isolation from the broader lived world.  Critical thinking need not always be drily cerebral, but it should demonstrate agility, and admit the playful and ironic.  What is criticality?  Does it always necessarily imply a refinement, improvement or sharpening of the issue under consideration?  What are the implications of the belief that “thinking critically is the quintessence of what it means to be truly alive in the fullest sense of the term?”  This talk will examine such questions, and underscore their significance, especially for graduate education at RIT.
Clarence B. Sheffield, Jr. "Chip" is the Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking at RIT. He was trained as a modern art historian at Bryn Mawr, with a particular interest in the theory, criticism, and history of visual and material culture. His field of special scholarly expertise is Scandinavian Modernism--very broadly construed to include art, architecture, design, film and literature. He is an associate professor in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. He majored in philosophy as an undergraduate, and has had a deep and abiding interest in philosophy and critical inquiry for much of his academic career.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Graduate Student Mingle Dates for Fall 2014

We will be holding two Graduate Student Mingles this Fall.  Please mark your calendars.
Thursday October 23rd at 5 p.m.
Monday November 17th at 5 p.m.
They will be held in the lobby area on the 1st floor of the Student Innovation Center.

More information to follow!  Save the dates.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Graduate Student Mingle October 23rd

We will have our first all graduate student mingle on Thursday October 23rd in the lobby area of the Innovation center from 5 - 6  p.m..  This will be an opportunity for you to meet students from other programs and to meet with Dean Flores and myself.  It will be a town hall type forum the first 30 minutes and then a mingle the last half of the gathering.  If you have concerns or questions we want to hear them. 
There will be a limited number of cookies so please register.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Research and Creativity $500 Reimbursement Grants

Are you looking for MONEY?  Do you need some funds for a project you are doing or to attend a conference to present your work?  Please visit our website and apply for the Fall Research and Creativity Reimbursement Grant.  This is a $500 grant given by the Office of Graduate Studies.  The deadline is October 31st.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Welcome to Graduate School!

Someone recently forwarded me an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that gives you some tips about that first year of Graduate School and beyond.  Take a look:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RIT Graduate Student Support Group

Greetings Graduate Students,

I am forwarding you some information about an on campus support group.  If you have questions about this group please call (585) 475-2261 or write to

RIT’s Counseling Center is pleased to announce a support group for graduate students.
The group will start date is Wednesday, September 24th and is free to interested students.
Sessions will be held on a weekly basis throughout the semester with the group co-facilitated by two of the Counseling Center clinicians, Kate Buckley and Toni Gauthier. 

Graduate Student Support Group Description
Explore concerns that are impacting your personal life and performance while
in graduate school. Topics may include achieving work/life balance, returning
to school as an adult learner, roadblocks to thesis completion, and the impact
of family and financial concerns on one’s experience.  Participants will examine
how their interpersonal styles are related to their experiences in school and life in general .

When:      Wednesdays 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm 
Where:     RIT Counseling Center, August Bldg. 2nd floor
                   Above Student Health Center
Registration is Required:
Call the Counseling Center (585) 475-2261 to request a pre-group ½ meeting with Kate Buckley  or Toni Gauthier

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Graduate Student Success Workshop Wednesday September 17th at 3 p.m.


This year is off to a good start.  It has been great to see those of you who are taking advantage of our Graduate Student Success Workshops.
If you missed the September 2nd workshop on Graduate Student Resources this is your chance.  Sign up today for the Wednesday September 17th workshop.  We will be meeting on the third floor of the library in the Biblab at 3 p.m.. 

This workshop will introduce graduate students to the wide variety of services and resources available to them in print and electronically via the RIT Libraries web site.  Searching, citation management, and meetings with college librarians will also be discussed.   Attend to learn important information to get a jump on your thesis or dissertation research!

Sign up here